How to Connect a Pool Filter
Whether you’re setting up your pool for the first time or are replacing an old filter, connecting a pool filter can seem daunting. However, with the right tools and a little bit of patience, it’s a job that nearly anyone can tackle. In this article, we’ll take you through the steps you need to follow to connect your pool filter, from gathering your supplies to starting up your filter for the first time.
Gather your Supplies
Before you get started, you’ll want to make sure you have all the necessary supplies. These include:
- Pool filter (make sure you have the right size and type for your pool)
- Filter hoses
- Hose clamps
- Thread sealant
- Adjustable wrench
- PVC pipe (if you’re installing a sand filter)
Locate the Filter
The first step in connecting your pool filter is to locate it in relation to your pool. You’ll want to place it in a spot that is easy to access but out of the way of any pool activities. Make sure to also figure out the direction of the pool's water flow before connecting the pool filter.
Connect the Hoses
Once you have located your filter, the next step is to connect the hoses. This involves attaching one end of each hose to the pool skimmer and return, and the other end to the filter itself.
First, take one of the hoses and attach it to the skimmer, which is located on the side of your pool. Tighten the hose clamp around the hose to secure it in place.
Next, take the other end of the same hose and attach it to the filter's pump. Tighten the hose clamp around the hose to secure it in place as well.
Repeat this process with the second hose, connecting it to the return outlet of the pool and the corresponding port on the filter.
Apply Thread Sealant
Once you have connected the hoses, it’s time to apply some thread sealant. This step is essential to preventing leaks and ensuring a tight, secure connection. Apply a small amount of thread sealant to the threads of each connection point before screwing them together.
Install any PVC Piping
If you’re installing a sand filter, you’ll also need to install PVC piping. This involves connecting the filter’s multiport valve to the PVC pipes using fittings and glue. Make sure that the PVC pipes are cut to the appropriate length and that the fittings are properly secured with PVC glue.
Start up the Filter
Now that you have connected your pool filter, it’s time to start it up for the first time. Fill the filter tank with water and turn on the pump. Let the system run for a few minutes to flush out any debris or air that may be trapped inside the system.
Once the filter is running smoothly, you can adjust the flow rate by adjusting the valve on the return line.
Connecting a pool filter may seem like a complicated task, but it’s actually quite simple if you take the time to gather the necessary supplies and follow the steps outlined above. By connecting your filter correctly, you’ll not only keep your pool clean and safe to swim in, but you’ll also extend the life of your pool equipment..